Virtual Summit – The Nov 23rd summit was online to keep presenters and participants safe. All of the online sessions were recorded and available for remote viewing.
As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working together to ensure that our transportation systems and development are more sustainable, resilient and equitable.
The 2020 Summit was Nov 23rd from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm EST. The schedule included both daytime and evening sessions to reach transportation professionals, while also reaching non-professionals that we need to keep informed and engaged to move multimodal topics into daily conversations, policy changes, and state legislation. Multimodal transportation builds connections and increases mobility while preserving a world to pass on to future generations.
The annual Summit brought together local leaders, state legislators, transportation professionals, planners, engineers, construction firms, developers, students, and passionate citizen advocates to discuss the current state, known challenges, and the best future for the region’s transportation system. The Summit included APA, ITE, and CCMO professional development credits to keep planners, civil and transportation engineers, and municipal staff well informed and certified.
Contact Tony Cherolis (or call 860-247-3227 ext 20) if you have questions.
The summit keynote featured both Dr. Adonia Lugo and Angie Schmitt, and was moderated by Dr. Destiny Thomas. Both Adonia and Angie have recent books that were featured in a pre-summit book club discussion.
(Keynote Moderator) Dr. Destiny Thomas – Dr. Thomas is a change agent and an anthropologist planner. She is the founder and CEO of Thrivance Group and was recently featured on Good Morning America for her leadership in the urban planning sector. At Thrivance Group, Dr. Thomas works to bring transformative justice into public policy, urban planning and community development. With over 15 years of experience shaping key policy initiatives, Dr. Thomas believes race, place, and joy define individual and community outcomes.
Dr. Adonia Lugo – Cultural anthropologist Adonia E. Lugo, PhD is the chair of the Urban Sustainability Department at Antioch University Los Angeles. Dr. Lugo began investigating sustainable infrastructure during her graduate studies at UC Irvine, when she co-created CicLAvia in Los Angeles. After receiving her doctorate in 2013, she worked at the League of American Bicyclists in Washington, D.C. as a national leader in building better “human infrastructure.” Today, Dr. Lugo looks for ways to bring her racial justice expertise from the field of bicycle advocacy into equitable and sustainable mobility at large. In addition to her role as an educator, Dr. Lugo is involved in a number of projects designed to expand support for mobility justice as a core organizer of The Untokening and the manager of the Bike Equity Network email list.
Angie Schmitt – Angie is one of the country’s best known writers on the topic of sustainable transportation. She was the long time national editor at Streetsblog. Her writing and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic and NPR. She is the founder of the new firm 3MPH Planning and Consulting, a small Cleveland-based firm which is focused on pedestrian safety. Her book Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America was published in August by Island Press.
(FREE) Online Book Club Discussion – Monday, Nov 16th. There was a virtual book club discussing the two important books by the summit keynote speakers. The spectacular LB Muñoz facilitated the discussion.
For those that love libraries, here are your local options. You can also request that your favorite local library pick up both of these books.
Transport Hartford partnered with Sustainable CT and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities for a (FREE) how to training on hosting, completing, and documenting an effective walk and bike audit. We all deserve safe and walkable, bike-friendly streets in our communities!
APA CM Credits – 1.5 hours of planner certification maintenance credits were available for this online training.
CCMO Credits – CCMO Community Development, up to three (3) Credits for CT Conference of Municipality Members. Any questions, contact Abby Heinemeyer.
Thursday, Nov 19th – As part of the Reimagining Main Street Project the City of Hartford held two online, virtual public meetings to present the design concept for Main Street from Wyllys Street to Asylum Street. Both meetings were well attended.
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On Saturday, November 21st Go New Haven Go led a (FREE) bicycle ride that started at Union Station in New Haven, CT and visited the six ‘Safe Routes for All’ deployments installed in New Haven in the Fall of 2019. For anyone looking to Do-It-Yourself and ride this route solo, here is the route link.
Free lunch was sponsored by New Haven Coalition for Active Transportation (NHCAT) and Park New Haven.
We are partnering with the Sustainable CT Match Fund and summit sponsorship donations were matched 100%!